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Bill would require restaurants to give calorie counts on menus

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A trio of Republican lawmakers is backing a bill that would require restaurants to provide the calorie count of their menu items. Their purpose: to combat obesity. Margie Menzel reports. Representative Ed Homan of Tampa is a sponsor of the Obesity Prevention Act. An osteopathic surgeon, Homan said 60 percent of Americans are overweight, and they’re not the only ones paying the cost of their care. “Forty-six percent of all insurance now is paid by taxpayers, either through Medicaid, Medicare,…

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Don’t forget this gem from soon-to-be AG candidate Holly Benson

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Holly Benson, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, was interviewed in July on WFSU, with reporter Margie Menzel for Florida on the Line. When asked whether the economic downturn would create a downward spiral on people’s health, Benson said she disagreed. “Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy; it just means you have a lot more time to go running,” Benson said. An edited version is here. (Thanks to Sticks of Fire, which first pointed out the…

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